Apr. 07, 2015

Close to Bentonville, Arkansas? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Apr. 07, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The PatchDraw Pieced Block Grids

To use the PatchDraw Pieced Grids

1. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Block
2. Choose your grid from the drop down menu

While you can access the grids through the Drawing Board Setup, it’s much easier if you have your Precision Bar turned on. To display the Precision Bar, click on the View menu at the top of the screen, and choose Precision Bar.

The PatchDraw Pieced Grids are only available on the Pieced layer  of the PatchDraw Block worktable. A Rectangle grid style is turned on by default, however EQ7 has 5 other grids for you to use to create pieced blocks. Keep in mind, the Pieced layer of PatchDraw is to design pieced blocks, therefore do not overlap patches.

The Pieced layer of PatchDraw has automatic snapping based on the grid you are working on. The PolyDraw tools are your only sources for drawing blocks on this layer. With the PolyDraw tools, you’ll notice that with each click, your line will snap to the closest grid point or arc.

With these grids, use the “Clone and Rotate” method to make quick, effortless block designs.

1. Draw the first patch using the PolyDraw tools.

2. Click the Clone button  on the Precision Bar.

3. Click the Rotate  selected segments button  on the Precision Bar. The patch will rotate to the angle of the adjacent spoke of the grid.

4. Grab the 4-arrow crosshair in the center of the newly rotated patch to move it into place. (If the patch is no longer selected, get the Pick  tool to select it again before you try to move it.)

Repeat Steps 2-4 to complete the block.

Rectangle Grid

Tool to use: PolyLine

Minimum Snap Point: 4
Maximum Snap Point: 200

Rotate: When using a Rectangle grid, each click of the rotate button  will rotate the selected patch by 45 degrees.

Circle Grid

Tool to use: PolyArc

Minimum Number of Rings and Spokes: 4
Maximum Number of Rings and Spokes: 60

Clicking on the same arc creates an arc. Clicking on a different arc creates a straight line segment.

Rotate: When using the Circle grid, each click of the rotate button will rotate the selected patch clockwise by a spoke.

Arc Grid

Tool to use: PolyArc

Minimum Number of Rings and Spokes: 4
Maximum Number of Rings and Spokes: 60

Clicking on the same arc creates an arc. Clicking on a different arc creates a straight line segment.

Rotate: Each click of the rotate button will rotate the selected patch clockwise by a spoke. For the rotate button to be useful with this grid style, you want your first patch to be drawn on the left side of the grid (since the patches will rotate clockwise).

Eight Point Star Grid

Tool to use: PolyLine

Minimum Snap Point: 2
Maximum Snap Point: 20

When setting the snap points, it is recommended that you keep the values in both dimensions the same or close to the same.

Rotate: When using the Eight Point Star grid, each click of the rotate button  will rotate the selected patch by 45 degrees.

Kaleidoscope Grid

Tool to use: PolyLine

Minimum Snap Point: 2
Maximum Snap Point: 20

When setting the snap points, it is recommended that you keep the values in both dimensions the same or close to the same.

Rotate: When using the Kaleidoscope grid, each click of the rotate button will rotate the selected patch by 45 degrees.

Draw one of the corner triangles, clone and rotate multiple times until they are in the correct rotation. Repeat until all triangle patches are completed.

Octagon Grid


Tool to use: PolyLine

Minimum Snap Point: 2
Maximum Snap Point: 20

When setting the snap points, it is recommended that you keep the values in both dimensions the same or close to the same.
Rotate:  When using the Octagon grid, each click of the rotate button  will rotate the selected patch by 45 degrees.

Draw one of the corner triangles, clone and rotate multiple times until they are in the correct rotation. Repeat until all triangle patches are completed.

Apr. 02, 2015

Three Day Inkjet Fabric Sale!

You won’t want to miss this one! Gather up your favorite photos and print them onto Inkjet Fabric! This is the softest, most colorfast fabric on the market. Not convinced? Try a Sample Pack to see how you like it!

Use code: PRINT20 | Sale ends: Saturday, April 4 at midnight EDT.

Mar. 27, 2015

Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs – Buy two & get 25% off!

Sale ends Sunday on Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs! Use code QUILTING25 and get 25% off when you buy two! Click here to see the designs available.

Discount applies only to Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs. Offer ends Sunday, March 29 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Mar. 24, 2015

Close to Savannah, Georgia? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Mar. 24, 2015

Gorgeous Star Block Collections for EQ7

Two day sale on select Star EQ Boutique block libraries! Use code STAR2015 for 20% savings. Click here to see the star block collections available.

Discount applies only to select Boutique star block collections. Offer ends Wednesday, March 25 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Mar. 24, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Applique Text Tool

Set Applique Text Tool

Use this tool to add applique text to your quilt.

You may not see the Set Applique Text  Tool on your screen.
If not, here is how to get it:

1. Click the Customize Toolbar    tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen.

2. Click Add/Remove Buttons…

3. Choose Set Applique Text  from the list.

How to use the Random Recolor Tool

1. Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of your screen.

2. Click the Set Applique Text  Tool.

3. Position your mouse cursor over the quilt.

4. Hold down the keyboard SHIFT key.

5. Click hold and drag diagonally to form a small box on the quilt.

6. Release the mouse. The box will re-size to a small box with a flashing cursor.

7. Type your word or phrase. Use ENTER key on your keyboard to put text on the next line.

8. Use the Applique Text box to select the typeface, size and style of your text.

9. Click the Paintbrush   tool to change the color of your text.

Note: You can use the Adjust  tool to resize, rotate and move your text. However if you decide to change one of the text settings in the Applique Text box, like the font style, the Adjust settings will be lost and you’ll need to reapply them.

The Set Applique Text tool is only available on Layer 2.

Applique Text Basics:

  • When you click on the Set Applique Text  tool the first time, EQ will read through the list of TrueType fonts (typefaces) on your computer and load those fonts into the palette. The first time this happens you may experience a bit of a delay as EQ reads the fonts, depending on the number of fonts installed on your computer.
  • The default text color is white if you do not already have a fabric or solid selection made.
  • All formatting characteristics are applied to the entire text box. If you want different typefaces, sizes or styles for text, you need to create separate text boxes for each.
  • Some formatting styles (bold and italic) are specific to different typefaces. If you remove this style from your text using one of these typefaces, the text will disappear.
  • You cannot copy and paste text within a text box. Everything needs to be typed or deleted using the Delete or the Backspace keys on your keyboard. You may copy and paste entire text boxes using the Adjust tool, however.
  • Once the Set Applique Text tool is deselected, the text box is converted into an applique block. This allows the text box to be replaced with any type of block by using the Set Block and Set Photo tools.